Where Are They Now?

31 Jul

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The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is beginning a new monthly column in the Jewish News, featuring articles about what has become of the hundreds of students who have been recipients of scholarships, grants and Federation-sponsored programs through the years. Inquiring minds want to know!

The Federation and its supporters want to know about your Jewish life and all the things that you are doing now as adults. Did your trip to Israel at age 16 inspire you to make aliya? Did learning about Tikkun Olam in Communiteen lead you to become a healthcare professional or non-profit worker? Are you now a lawyer or lobbyist because you loved attending Panim el Panim in Washington, D.C.? Tell us about it!

Send your 200-250 word article, along with the following details to Andrea Eiffert at aeiffert@jfedsrq.org:

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Your Opinion Counts! Survey Question #1

28 Jul

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is one of a select group of non-profit organizations that have been invited to participate in a new national study.

The Congregations and Non-Profit Organizations 3.0 Study focuses on learning about the organizational structures of Jewish and Christian non-profits. Your input is valuable and will be kept strictly confidential.

Question 1 of 4: In what ways does the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee make a difference in your life and in the life of the community?

Please send your answers and comments to Communications Director Isaac Azerad at iazerad@jfedsrq.org.

Thank you for your participation.

Sincerely,
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Howard Tevlowitz
Executive Director

Your Opinion Counts!

24 Jul

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Dear Friend of The Federation:

We are delighted to announce that The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is one of a select group of non-profit organizations that have been invited to participate in a new national study.

The Congregations and Non-profit Organizations 3.0 Study will focus on learning about the organizational structures of Jewish and Christian congregations and non-profits embracing social media thinking.

One part of this study is your input. Beginning on July 28, we will be asking you to respond to one question over a five-week time period. We will be sending these questions to you in our weekly e-blast and posting them to Facebook, The Federation Blog and Twitter.

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TAKING A STAND AGAINST ANTI-SEMITISM

23 Jul

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee takes a firm stand against anti-Semitism in all of its forms, as it is manifested domestically and overseas.

israel flag burning FranceThe Federation will muster its resources and influence to combat what it feels is a rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism sentiments, which often result in aggressive acts and rhetoric against Jews. 

http://jfedsrq.org/resources/israel-advocacy/fighting-anti-semitism-today-fast/anti-semitism-in-other-countries

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Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Statement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

16 Jul
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Along with our Jewish family in this community and around the globe, we have waited anxiously for the announcement of the proposed diplomatic agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear activities. The threat of the world’s leading exporter of terrorism obtaining nuclear weapons is of the gravest concern and utmost urgency to our people and to the world.

We appreciate the U.S. team’s extensive efforts in the negotiations, and we recognize the critical role that Congress will now play in approving or disapproving it. We look forward to the 60-day Congressional review period as a time of open debate as we learn the specifics of the accord to understand its implications and efficacy.

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Proud to be a Zionist

14 Jul

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I’m back to a language issue. It’s time to take back the words “Zionism” and “Zionist.”

Let me start with this – I am a proud Zionist.

Zionism is not a four-letter word. It often seems, however, that anytime the word “Zionism” or “Zionist” is used, it is used with a hugely negative connotation. It’s time for this to change. It’s time to take back the words “Zionism” and “Zionist” and restore them to their proper usage, to tell our story our way and to inspire those proud to wear the “Zionist label.”

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Wishing You and Your Family a Safe and Happy July 4 Weekend

2 Jul

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee would like to wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th weekend. In observance of the 4th, The Federation offices will be closed on Friday, July 3.

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Top 5 Places to Celebrate the 4th … in Israel

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According to The Jerusalem Post, there’s a celebration at the American Embassy and an Alicia Keys concert in Tel Aviv.

http://www.jpost.com/LifeStyle/Top-5-Places-to-celebrate-4th-of-July-in-Israel-318685. (Photo: Google Images).


Quote from a Founding Father

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“I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.” – John Adams

More on the Jewish influence on the Founding of American Democracy:

http://www.jewishpathways.com/jewish-history/jews-and-founding-america

http://www.aish.com/jl/h/cc/48955806.html

https://momentmagazine.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/revolutionary-american-jews/

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